SSC302: Canadian Geography (2012-2013)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Social Studies
COURSE TITLE: Canadian Geography
CALENDAR YEAR: 2012-2013
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The Canadian geography course concentrates on a description of Canada’s regions, industries, cultures, and physical characteristics. Specifically, the content areas covered are Canadian geology, physiography, climate, energy resources and industries, fishing resources, foreign resources and industries, agricultural industries, mineral resources and industries, commerce, trade, manufacturing, transportation links frontiers, urbanization, cultural patterns, and other aspects of social geography. Students will be encouraged to draw upon their own experience and knowledge of Canada and the world in achieving a better understanding of the course content and concepts.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will include the use of maps, graphs, charts, photographs, atlases, texts, and handouts. Students will work on research and class projects, participate in discussions and other group activities. Lectures, audiovisual presentations, and field trips or excursions will also be used.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Evaluations will be composed of projects, essays, tests, quizzes, and formal exams. Students will be expected to interpret maps, charts, graphs, photographs, and text. Group activities will be evaluated periodically.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the Canadian geography course, students should be able to:
- Understand the physical and social geography of Canada.
- Develop the skills and aptitudes necessary to under-stand and use the raw materials of the social studies such as graphs, maps, charts, photographs, and written documents.
- Develop and practice higher-order thinking skills through the study and use of various social studies materials to make clear deductions, assumptions, and conclusions about Canada.